Rhino logo by C.hill


What’s a Rhino Fest?

The Rhinoceros Theater Festival began in 1988, when Beau O’Reilly and Jenny Magnus, then performing with cabaret rock band Maestro Subgum and the Whole, founded the Curious Theatre Branch, a “branch” stemming off the band for those members who wanted to make theater as well as music. Since that time, Curious has consistently worked with a shifting ensemble of artists in a non-hierarchical decision-making process, through which the philosophy of collaboration as a social force is explored on every level. The Rhino originally took place across multiple venues in Wicker Park, later moving to Rogers Park, and landing at Prop Thtr in 2009. Prop and Curious now co-produce the festival each year, with all shows and events taking place at Prop’s Elston Avenue headquarters.

Rhino Fest 2020 Planning & Organizational Committee

Beau O’Reilly, Curious Theatre Branch Co-Founder

Jenny Magnus, Curious Theatre Branch Co-Founder

Olivia Lilley, Prop Thtr Artistic Director

Stefan Brun, Prop Thtr Venue Manager

Julia Williams, Curious Theatre Branch Ensemble

Marlana Carlson, Prop Thtr Director of Operations